An exhibition presenting more than 50 works that demonstrate the diversity of Beverly McIver’s thematic approach to painting over 25 years is ongoing in Scottsdale.
From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring portraits of others and the artist’s own reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic, “Beverly McIver: Full Circle” illuminates the arc of McIver’s career while also touching on her personal journey.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, at 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, is presenting the exhibit through Sept. 4.
Her self-portraits explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, while portraits of family members provide glimpses of intimate moments, in good times as well as in illness and death, the Museum states. The exhibition includes McIver’s portraits of other artists and notable figures, recent work resulting from a year in Rome with American Academy’s Rome Prize, and new work in which McIver explores the juxtaposition of color, pattern, and the human figure.
“Full Circle” also features works that reflect on McIver’s collaborations with artists. A complementary exhibition, “In Good Company,” includes artists who have mentored McIver, such as Faith Ringgold and Richard Mayhew, as well as those who have studied under her, including Melissa Button, Claudio Dicochea, Michael Dixon, Carrie Hott, Mary Porterfield, Chris Santa Maria, Damian Stamer and Lamar Whidbee.
“Beverly McIver: Full Circle” is organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and guest curated by Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art, and is supported by Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management. Additional exhibition support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Craven Allen Gallery.
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